50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology. Shattering Widespread by Scott O. Lilienfeld,Steven Jay Lynn,John Ruscio, et al.John

By Scott O. Lilienfeld,Steven Jay Lynn,John Ruscio, et al.John Wiley & Sons, Inc.|Wiley||Wiley-BlackwellAdult NonfictionPsychologyLanguage(s): EnglishOn sale date: 21.01.2010Street date: 15.09.2011

50 nice Myths of renowned Psychology makes use of well known myths as a motor vehicle for assisting scholars and laypersons to tell apart technology from pseudoscience.

  • Uses universal myths as a car for exploring tips on how to distinguish real from fictional claims in renowned psychology
  • Explores subject matters that readers will relate to, yet usually misunderstand, corresponding to 'opposites attract', 'people use purely 10% in their brains', and 'handwriting unearths your character'
  • Provides a 'mythbusting equipment' for comparing folks psychology claims in daily life
  • Teaches crucial serious pondering talents via specific discussions of every fable
  • Includes over two hundred extra mental myths for readers to explore
    Contains an Appendix of worthwhile websites for interpreting mental myths
  • Features a postscript of outstanding mental findings that sound like myths yet which are actual
  • Engaging and available writing kind that appeals to scholars and lay readers alike

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Making matters worse, we often cook up reasonable-sounding, but false, explanations for our behaviors after the fact (Nisbett & Wilson, 1977). As a consequence, we can per suade ourselves that we understand the causes of our behaviors even when we don’t. Psychological Science and Common Sense One reason we’re easily seduced by psychomythology is that it jibes with our common sense: our gut hunches, intuitions, and first impressions. Indeed, you may have heard that most psychology is “just common sense” (Furnham, 1983; Houston, 1985; Murphy, 1990).

For example, fad diets are immensely popular, even though research demonstrates that the sub stantial majority of people who go on them regain all of their weight within just a few years (Brownell & Rodin, 1994). Equally popular are speed reading courses, many of which promise to increase people’s reading speeds from a mere 100 or 200 words per minute to 10,000 or even 25,000 words per minute (Carroll, 2003). Yet researchers have found that none of these courses boost people’s reading speeds with out decreasing their reading comprehension (Carver, 1987).

And it does more: it offers fascinating examples of how science works and supports critical think ing. ” David G. Myers, Hope College, author of Intuition: Its Powers and Perils “I find each and every chapter excellent and from a teaching point of view, bril liant. The way in which the history of the myths is presented up to the critical but balanced discussion of each myth, is a great achievement. Scott Lilienfeld is well-known for his user-friendly writing style, but in this text he and his co authors reach a new level.

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